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Rail Operators Could Pave Way for Norwich Cycle Hire Scheme

June 24, 2011 2:33 PM

Norwich MP Simon Wright says that rail operators could take the lead on introducing a cycle hire scheme to Norwich, following a meeting between Norfolk MPs and Stagecoach today. Stagecoach are one of three train operating companies hoping to win the Greater Eastern franchise, which includes the Norwich-London and Norwich-Cambridge services. South West Trains, part of the Stagecoach group, have already introduced cycle hire schemes to stations including Waterloo and Richmond Park. Liberal Democrats in Norwich have been pressing for a cycle hire scheme for a number of years, and Simon Wright says that a rail operator could now make it a reality.

Mr Wright said: "Norwich would benefit enormously from a cycle hire scheme based at the rail station. It would help to tackle traffic congestion, promote healthy living, and cut carbon emissions by promoting cycling as an easy option for people to get around the city. There is limited car parking in Norwich, and every reason to encourage people to use public transport when visiting the city. This means connecting up our different types of transport more effectively, and cycling has a really important role to play as part of an integrated transport network in Norwich. "I was impressed to hear how Stagecoach have rolled out improvements to cycling facilities in other parts of the country, and I would urge whichever rail company wins the franchise in October to work with our local councils and the Department for Transport to develop a cycle hire scheme for Norwich."

MPs Norman Lamb and Chloe Smith were also at today's meeting with Stagecoach.